UNHCR-A Surrogate State?

The paper argues that humanitarian agencies in general, and UNHCR in particular, have

been placed in the position of establishing and assuming responsibility for such

“sprawling camps” in order to fill gaps in the international refugee regime that were not

envisaged at the time of its establishment after the Second World War.3 It goes on to

suggest that the UN’s refugee agency has been limited in its ability to address the

problem of protracted refugee situations, mainly because of the intractable nature of

contemporary armed conflicts and the policies pursued by other actors, but also because

of the other issues which the organization has chosen to prioritize and the limited amount

of attention which it devoted to this issue during the 1990s. The paper concludes by

examining the organization’s more recent and current efforts to tackle the issue of

protracted refugee situations, and identifies some of the key principles on which such

efforts might most effectively be based.

Full titleA surrogate state? The role of UNHCR in protracted refugee situations
Media typeReport
Topics International governmental organisations, IGOs (UNHCR, IOM)
Regions All Regions

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